Rothera Facilities Engineer – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 103/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £30,357 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge and Rothera - Antarctica
Closing date:
6 January, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Facilities Engineer to line manage the maintenance team at Rothera Research Station. This is a very exciting opportunity which will be based in Cambridge but with regular trips to Antarctica.

This role will deliver maintenance on all infrastructure based at Rothera including power generation, water production/treatment and all of the interconnecting services. The position is a vital link between planning and operations in Cambridge and the work required at Rothera.

We are looking for someone with a proven track record in mechanical, electrical and fabric maintenance. You will need to hold the technical knowledge and experience required for maintaining a site. The post holder will need excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to make decisions to provide options and solutions to tasks.


Provide technical expertise on Facilities maintenance, to line manage the maintenance team and programme at Rothera research station Antarctica.

Rothera is a self-supporting research station based on the Antarctic Peninsula. The role will deliver maintenance on all infrastructure including power generation, water production/ treatment and all interconnecting services. You will form part of the station management and be the link between Cambridge and Rothera.


NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline or equivalent experience.


- To implement and manage the planned preventative maintenance programme (PPM) using the AMOS / MAXIMO system including the production of all records. Ensure all statutory compliance records are logged.

- To manage reactive maintenance on stations to ensure the continued safe operation of the station.

- To undertake the management of small design projects as necessary and ensure installations on station are completed to schedule and budget.

- Controlling the stocktaking and materials ordering process to ensure spares, parts, tools and essential equipment are available on site.

- Ensuring that all relevant drawings and documentation are current, available on site and that duplicate copies are maintained at BAS Cambridge.

- In liaison with Cambridge technical managers and engineers, supervision of installation and refurbishment programs as required to meet the operational needs of the stations. Working with non-technical personnel and scientists to ensure the overall objectives of the BAS program are met.

- Preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements and inter-departmental procedures.

- Preparation of short and long term maintenance plans in liaison with the Facilities Engineer Manager.

- Carry out regular inspections and audits of the station and implement all findings.

- Collaborating across BAS, NERC and external organisations to develop best practice and introduce innovations.

- Manage the additional resource and infrastructure required to support the Rothera Modernisation.

- Contribute to general engineering activities

- Assist with other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

Management Responsibilities:
- To be proactive in acting as an integral part of the station management team, including regular liaison and review meetings. Ensuring all mangers are fully aware of Estates workloads.

- To be the lead engineers for all facilities engineering and to line manage the technical staff, both directly whilst on station and remotely whilst in BAS Cambridge.

- Be responsible for work force planning for the station and ensure that all technical staff have the necessary skills and training to carry out their roles. Ensuring effective pre-deployment and onsite training, coupled with adequate on station handovers and onsite training.

- Liaison with other members of BAS to ensure that projects and core business needs are delivered, effectively and efficiently, utilising all expertise within Engineering and Technology. It is essential that good communications are maintained at all times.

- Produce regular progress and annual reports.

- Ensure the Health & Safety documentation is in place including carrying out risk, and COSHH assessments. Make sure all procedures and method statements are in place and promote safe working practices.

- Implement the BAS Environmental policy and promote energy saving initiatives.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 103/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 6th January 2019
Interview date: w/c 14th January 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Report writing experience. - Desirable [2]
  • Power point presentation experience. - Desirable [4]

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office packages. - Essential
  • Experience using AMOS PPM system or a similar system. - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought. - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions. - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Previous line management experience. - Desirable [2]
  • Project Management experience. - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Good, able to interpret drawings. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities. - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues. - Desirable [1]


  • NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline or equivalent experience. - Essential
  • IOSH certification. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Understanding & experience of stock control. - Essential
  • Management of small budgets. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in mechanical, electrical and fabric maintenance on a multi-function site. - Essential
  • Technical knowledge and experience in maintenance or construction. - Essential
  • Experience & working knowledge of UK Building Standards. - Essential
  • Knowledge of building systems and services. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of energy efficiency & sustainable systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015. - Desirable [2]

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